Conceptual Building Blocks of Geometry 3-1-17 and 3-2-17: No Fee for CKEC Member Districts, Closed to Non-Member Districts

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

peaker:  Mark Helton

Target Audience: Middle School General Education and Special Education teachers, Elementary Gifted/Talented teachers, Algebra 1 teachers, High School Special Education teachers, Middle School and High School Interventionists and Instructional Coaches


The Conceptual Building Blocks is a series of three modules designed to build a teacher’s capacity to work with students in various settings.  The approach is rooted in a conceptual understanding of key concepts in middle school mathematics.  The objectives are:

  1. 1.      To build teacher knowledge around the foundational concepts in middle school mathematics
  2. 2.      To provide strategies for teaching content and differentiating instruction
  3. 3.      To develop a conceptual understanding of the core components of proportional reasoning, algebraic thinking, and geometry
  4. 4.      To catalyze change within the school through coaching sessions


This module uses the middle school Kentucky Academic Standards around geometry to focus our work.  We will explore the big ideas of geometric thinking, including the van Heile levels of geometric thought, discover how to use the concreteàsemi-concreteàabstract sequence of instruction, explore misconceptions, and much more!

Note:  This is a two-day module.  Attendance at both days is expected.

PGES Connections: 1a, 1b, 2b, 3c, 4e

Location: CKEC Training Center